Floods Cover Nearly One-Third of Pakistan After Torrential Rains

Floods Cover Nearly One-Third of Pakistan After Torrential Rains

30% Of Country Deluged—Worst Disaster in Years

(UnitedHeadlines.com) – We often think about climate change as a problem to prevent in the future, but the world is likely already beginning to suffer the effects. The planet’s surface temperature has risen nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1901, and increases in deadly weather patterns have served as a warning of even more severe activity to come. The most recent devastation has pummeled Pakistan, where two months of near-nonstop monsoons have left much of the country flooded.

So far, according to Daily Mail, 1061 people have died in the flood waters, and over 33 million residents have had to flee their homes. Entire villages have disappeared from the earth’s surface, violently wiped away in the deluge. The country’s minister of foreign affairs, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said he’s never seen anything like it. Pakistani prime minister, Shahbaz Sharif, pointed at “the horrors of climate change.” Up to one-third of the country is currently covered in water.

The weather has certainly been an issue, but locals also point to government corruption and lenient construction laws for enabling such a weak infrastructure. Developers have overwhelmed the Kunhar river bank with hotels despite the environmental impacts and regulations that should have barred their production. These buildings have disrupted the river’s natural flow, forcing runoff into villages. Had officials properly dealt with this issue, the flooding might not have occurred to such a devastating degree.

What do you think? Is climate change solely to blame, or might human error and corruption hold some responsibility for this most recent tragedy?

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